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August 15, 2012
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Camp Explore 2012 a winner for Tahoe children

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Tahoe Family Solutions’ Camp Explore just ended a “winning” run, July 9 through August 3. Camp Explore was at full capacity with 60 campers during both two-week sessions.

Campers aged 7 to 10 came to us from varied backgrounds, and each took away many positive summer memories. At Camp Explore kids learn a lot: how to be a leader, how to follow rules, the importance of preserving the natural environment, how to make friends, and how to work together as a team. (Yes, most of them now know how to make a lanyard for their backpack too!)

At Camp Explore, we seek to provide an engaging experience for kids and this includes hikes every day. At Camp, the premiums we place are on physical activity and social skills: We feel these are lessons that kids most need these days. Not a day went by without a camper asking why we did not have a bus to take us from Incline Elementary (camp HQ) to a local destination like Burnt Cedar Beach. The answer was easy! As we walk there we can find new colors, learn a new song, and get a little exercise.

Parents of our Camp Explore attendees were also universal in their praise for this dynamic program.

“We absolutely LOVED Camp Explore. I am still in awe of how awesome it was,” said Melissa Sano. “Elissa can’t wait for next year! She said her favorite things were the horse-back riding, kayaking, and rock climbing. I so appreciate TFS and what you guys are doing for the children of Incline Village.”

Camp Explore plays an important part in helping families find productive and affordable summer care for their kids. But at the end, it is not the rafting, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, overnight camp-outs on Mt. Rose, Shakespeare plays, or any other activity that makes Camp Explore the place for Tahoe kids — it was the energy and synergy of a caring staff and these great kids.

“Camp was fantastic, I really liked camping at night,” said Mario, age 9.

Tanya, age 10, said, “Camp Explore was fun; it helped me be less shy, and I wish I could be a junior counselor next year!”

So when you see a kid sporting a bright yellow Camp Explore T-shirt and wearing a red backpack, ask them about the best part of their summer. You will more often than not hear about their camp experience and how good those s’mores tasted after a long day in the woods.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 15, 2012 07:14PM Published Aug 15, 2012 07:14PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.